Regal Jumper - Phidippus regius | ©Patrick Zephyr (Florida, US)
Phidippus regius (Salticidae) is aptly named in terms of its size (Regal jumping spider), as it is the largest jumping spider in eastern North America (adult males average 12 mm in length). The species is found in the southeastern US, the Greater Antilles, and the Bahamas, but is most common in peninsular Florida.
One of the striking features of this species you can see in the photo is the iridescent color (green-blue-violet) of the paired chelicerae.
Jumping spiders can be recognized easily by their eye arrangement. The eyes are arranged in three rows: the 1st row contains four eyes, the two large median eyes and two smaller lateral eyes; the 2nd row contains two tiny eyes; and the 3rd row contains two small eyes (in the picture you can only see the first row of four eyes).
It’s jumping spider season. Nearly all of the ones I see are light brown or gray, and tiny. But flashier spiders pop up occasionally. The second to last spider has a coppery color to its abdomen, and the last one is the fanciest kind I’ve seen around here.
This is Bean. She is a Regal Jumping Spider (Phidippus regius). I’ve had her since she was very wee. She amazes me every single day with her quirkiness and curiosity. I happen to think she’s the cutest spider on the planet… but I’m a tad biased. I can’t stop taking photos of her though… that face!!!
AS: SO CUTE!
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